How Zebras Got Their Stripes

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How did the zebra get its stripes? It sounds like the theme for a “Just So” story that Rudyard Kipling never got around to writing. You would think that someone would have come up with the definitive answer by now, but, in fact, the reason zebras have stripes remains a biological mystery. The laws of evolution suggest that the random emergence of stripes on the ancestors of modern zebras must have had some sort of advantage that allowed them to reproduce more prolifically than their unstriped brethren. The striped animals would have become more common with each generation, ultimately outlasting the ones without stripes.

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-Igor Purlantov

Dog Chosen for Jury Duty

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It’s kinda strange.”  That was New Jersey resident Barrett Griner’s first thought when he checked his mail last week and found that one of the mail items from his local county clerk’s office was not for him. It was for his 5-year-old German Shepherd dog, IV.  “I got the mail and I look at it, and I’m like IV Griner, this is my dog’s name,” he said.  “I’m wondering like, What is this? Something from the county office about her vaccinations or something? Like, why is my dog getting mail?” 

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-Igor Purlantov

Animals Associated With Easter

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Easter is a holiday that celebrates the coming of spring and the birth of new life. Hence, many images of Easter are synonymous with images of springtime such as flowers, gentle colors and baby animals. Although decorated eggs, Easter baskets (usually filled with candy), and the Easter Bunny are the most iconic Easter imagery, baby animals are also ever-present symbols in the holiday’s décor.

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-Igor Purlantov

 

Family Adopts Dog That Raced Train

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A daring dog that raced alongside a Metro-North train from the South Bronx to Manhattan last week as passengers and crew cringed in fear she would get hurt has been adopted, officials said Monday.  The dog, named Tie by MTA workers for all the railroad ties she ran across, went home to her new family on Sunday, according to Animal Care & Control.

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-Igor Purlantov

 

The Lives of Animals, Disabled and Otherwise

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Fans of the PBS series “Nature” are used to having their breath taken away by the photography, but they’re less accustomed to having their heartstrings tugged. Wednesday’s installment, “My Bionic Pet,” about animals with disabilities, goes for the emotions. It’s one of three programs this week that prove that television about nonhuman creatures can be more than mere pretty pictures or idiotic turtle wrangling.

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Thousands Of Ukraine’s Zoo Animals May Soon Starve

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As political unrest continues to threaten the peace in Ukraine, thousands of animals at one of the country’s zoos are at the brink of starvation, an international conservation group announced this week.  The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization, a nonprofit headquartered in South Africa, told The Huffington Post there has been a severe scarcity of food and medical supplies for the estimated 5,700 animals at the 104-year-old Nikolaev Zoo, located in southern Ukraine, since government funding for the zoo dried up a few weeks ago.  “The fact is, they were just two days away from totally running out of food for the carnivores when we found out about this and began providing meat,” the organization’s international president, Barbara Wiseman, told HuffPost via email. “The rest of the animals were just two weeks away from running out of food.”

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-Igor Purlantov

Animals Feel Pleasure

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Do dogs feel pleasure? How about crocodiles?  Jonathan Balcombe says yes, they do. And not just dogs and crocodiles, but also fish, monkeys, pigs and chickens.  “Why wouldn’t they?” he says. “Pleasure is nature’s way of saying ‘Good behavior!’ It encourages us to do it again. Little wonder, then, that food, play, sex and friendships feel so good. Fishes line up for a spa service from cleaner-fishes, crocodiles love to bask in the sun, as do chickens, and if you haven’t seen a pig eat a pumpkin then it’s time you turned your lights on.”

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-Igor Purlantov

Dog Races and Chases Metro North Train

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A feisty little pooch took on a 400-ton Metro-North train on Tuesday — bravely running with it from the South Bronx to Manhattan.  “She was just running like she didn’t have a care in the world,” said engineer Joseph Delia, 52, who was at the controls of the 10:39 a.m. Hudson Line train to Grand Central.  The speedy pup began the epic chase at the busy Mott Haven Junction, racing alongside the train as it made its way out of The Bronx.

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-Igor Purlantov

Learn to Communicate With Animals

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The Animal Protective Foundation of Malta is sponsoring an animal communication class taught by David Louis in May. Now is the time to register to save your place.  Have you ever wondered what your animals are thinking or feeling, or felt that they were trying to communicate with you but you weren’t able to understand? David Louis began practicing the art of animal communication in 2001, and since then he has communicated with thousands of animals, and taught hundreds of people how to do the same.

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-Igor Purlantov

Do Animals Foretell Comings Events?

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Our pets are more than an extension of our family; they are many times at the pinnacle of the family. And so it is no surprise when an emergent situation arises and they are there with a keen eye and sometimes the correct answer. Recently there have been articles regarding the animals of Yellowstone leaving the Nation Park due (in some beliefs) to earthquake activity. While if we pay attention to any natural disaster, we hear of animals who seem to be acting strangely or doing something really quite unusual just prior to an event. Is this a foretelling of the event?

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-Igor Purlantov

 

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